A group of Japanese scientists managed to capture the first live images of a giant squid as the creature descended into the inky depths.
The squid in the pictures, which were published on Yahoo, is about 10 feet long. The images were shot last July, about one kilometer below the ocean’s surface.
A 10-foot cephlopod is small by giant squid standards, but getting the animal on film in its natural habitat was a huge step for scientists hoping to learn more about these animals.
The researchers used a small submersible rigged with lights that are actually invisible to the squid’s eyes to get the photos. A scientist, cameraman and pilot were inside the sub and it took about 100 trips to get the images.
Until recently, little was known about giant squids, which have fueled mariner tales for centuries.